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We believe that storytelling has the power to impact lives and be a catalyst for change.

 
 
 

We are an independent film company that specializes in visually rich, socially minded content. Founded in 2004 by Margaret Byrne, Beti Films has worked on countless projects across the globe.

 
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Margaret Byrne

DIRECTOR & PRODUCER

"Telling the stories of others is a privilege. In documentary filmmaking, the most remarkable part is the unique relationships you make because you are often there to witness their darkest and most triumphant moments. Whether, fiction or non-fiction, I will always make movies about real people."

Margaret was a Creative Director at Universal Music and directed live concerts and music videos for artists such as Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige. Her work has appeared on NBC, PBS, CNN, MTV, BET, TV One and Aspire. Margaret is cinematographer and editor for Emmy nominated American Promise, a thirteen-documentary following the education of two African American boys. Margaret lived and worked in Lagos, Nigeria at which time she produced and edited a music documentary series, MTV Base 100th Live, which launched MTV across Africa in 2005. She is director and producer of Raising Bertie, a six year feature documentary following three young African Americans in rural North Carolina. She is the founder of Beti Films and lives in Chicago with her daughter Violet.

Jon Stuyvesant

Producer & director of photography

"I believe that the process of making a film is almost more important than the film itself.  If you surround yourself with creative people who believe in forming honest relationships with both your collaborators and/or subjects it is inevitable that you will be able to tell amazing stories."

Jon Stuyvesant is originally from Chicago, but currently lives and works in Brooklyn. He has been working in documentary film for over a decade and has also worked on a wide range of television shows for a host of networks. Jon earned a BFA in Film & Photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was a cinematographer for American Promise, a thirteen-year feature documentary that follows two middle class African-American families as they navigate the ups and downs of parenting and educating their sons. The film won the 2013 Sundance Special Jury Prize and 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Jury Award. Jon is currently the Co-Producer and Director of Photography for Raising Bertie, and has worked with Beti Films for the last decade on dozens of projects.

Todd Tue

Director & Director of photography

Todd Tue is a director, shooter and editor with a focus on documentaries, music videos, and shorts. He's currently on production on When It Breaks. Tue has collaborated on such award-winning and festival recognized films as Charlie Louvin: Still Rattlin’ the Devil’s Cage, Shooter Jennings' The Other Life and Seven Signs: Music, Myth & The American South. He has directed and produced several documentary shorts, including the Vimeo Staff Pick, From Grass to Cheese, and book trailers for authors such as Greil Marcus and Sarah Vowell.

Ian Kibbe

producer

Ian is producer of Raising Bertie. He's also a freelance producer and director in Chicago with close ties to Kartemquin Films, having most recently been Kartemquin’s Distribution Manager. Ian was the engagement coordinator for the award-winning PBS documentary, The Calling, and its companion campaign, What’s Your Calling (The Kindling Group). He was also the engagement coordinator for the Emmy nominated, Typeface (Kartemquin Films).

Frances Cedro

Associate producer & editor

Frances is a narrative and documentary filmmaker. She was an Assistant Editor on the feature documentary Raising Bertie. Prior to working in film, Frances worked in the nonprofit and public affairs industry. She holds a degree in Urban and Public Affairs from the University of Illinois at Chicago.